‘Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it’

George Santayana.

History is a well-regarded and highly useful subject which enables students to make sense of the world in which they live by examining past experiences. Through studying History students learn to use evidence and develop their own thoughts and arguments, making links between the past, the present and the future. They develop their ability to question the world around them through detailed analysis of sources and by considering concepts such as bias and reliability. Lessons are taught in a variety of ways, making use of active learning and creative mediums where possible, as well as ensuring that learning at Key Stage 3 prepares students well for the academic demands of GCSE.

Key Stage 3

Year 7, 8 and 9:

At Key Stage 3 students study a wide range of historical periods and events based on the National Curriculum requirements for History. In Year 7 students begin working on their historical skills and then move onto topics such as the Romans, the Vikings, the Battle of Hastings and the Tudors. This is continued in Year 8 when they focus on the reign of Elizabeth I, before moving on to study aspects of the Stuarts, from the plague to the Gunpowder Plot and the Great Fire of London. They will also examine the fate of the Pendle witches so as to glean an insight into an important aspect of local history, before moving on to look at the Edwardian era, including women’s suffrage and the First World War. In Year 9 students will examine the rise of Nazism in Germany, looking at the reasons why Hitler was able to come to power and the changes he made within Nazi Germany. This will include an examination of the Holocaust. They will also look at aspects of twentieth century American history which will provide a good grounding for those hoping to take GCSE, but also includes exciting and relevant topics such as the jazz age, gangsters and prohibition and the 1960s Civil Rights movement.

 Key Stage 4


Students will follow the new AQA specification at GCSE. This is assessed by two written examination of 1 hour and 45 minutes each. Each paper comprises 50% of the total marks awarded.

Paper 1: Understanding the Modern World (Taught in Year 10)

Section A: America 1920-1973: Opportunity and Inequality

Section B: Conflict and Tension, 1894-1914

Paper 2: Shaping the Nation (Taught in Year 11)

Paper 1: Britain: Power and the People: c1170 to the present day

Paper 2: Elizabethan England, c1568-1603 (including a study of the historic environment)